The Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink was never on my ink wish list. It receives great write ups online and a lot of people enjoy this colour, however I never felt the urge to splurge. I mentioned in my previous post I received some ink samples from Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! and whilst I was expecting only one ink, Ian very kindly added in two additional ink colours. These were sent to Ian by Pure Pens after they launched their ink sample service in the UK. Already having these inks Ian kindly passed them onto me to test out and review.
Obviously I inked this up pretty quickly, curiosity got the better of me. I started with the Kon-Peki keen to understand what all the fuss has been about. As I have become more of a blue ink fan recently I get it, this ink is lovely. Its not too dark, or too light. The colour balance is pretty good. It reminds me of a mediterranean blue. Preparing for this blog post I looked up the english translation of Kon-Peki which is Deep Azure Blue. I had never heard of azure so decided to Google it and see what came back. A lot of brands have used Azure as a sub brand name, however after refining my search a bit I discovered Googles definition of azure to be 'bright blue in colour like a cloudless sky'. This is a lovely definition however for me it doesn't really capture the Kon-Peki colour (that could be because I live in the UK and cloudless skies are pretty rare!).
The colour of this ink started to bug me as it was reminding me of another ink I had previously used. After using it a bit more the penny finally dropped, it reminded me of Diamine Turquoise. Kon-Peki is quite a bit darker than Diamine Turquoise however it has a similar degree of shading and has some similarities with the darker shades of the Diamine Turquoise.
The below photo shows a few of the latest blue ink reviews I have done and as you can see Kon-Peki sits firmly within the blue ink spectrum.
With this in mind, personally Kon-Peki has not won me over enough to spend £30 on a bottle of the ink. I am pleased I have tried it, and perhaps in the future I will consider buying this ink, but at the moment I have too many other inks on my wish list. I can however definitely see the appeal so if you are a fan of blue inks or in the market then I definitely think Kon-Peki is worthy of a purchase.
For other brilliant reviews of the Kon-Peki ink try out the below links.